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Danish wind giant in 297 MW boost for South Africa

Vestas selected as preferred supplier for five South African wind energy projects

The five wind projects will boost wind power in South Africa by 297 MW
The five wind projects will boost wind power in South Africa by 297 MW

A Danish firm is set to help boost South African wind power by 297 MW. Vestas, the world leader in wind energy, has been selected as the preferred supplier to five wind energy projects in South Africa.

The wind firm has been selected by the South African Department of Energy as part of the country’s second round of renewable energy tenders. The five projects have a combined nameplate capacity of 297 MW.

Vestas is the preferred supplier to the projects, which consist of: West Coast 1, 94 MW; SA Tsitsikamma, 95.33 MW; Grahamstown, 24.60 MW; Grassridge, 61.50 MW, and Chaba, 21.53  MW.

James White, sales manager for Vestas Southern Africa, said: “Vestas is very pleased to be recognised by our potential customers and the industry as a preferred supplier,”

“We see the news as further proof of our focus on building the wind energy industry in South Africa and ensuring that we contribute to the social and economic development of South Africa and its people.”

“The tender process puts a strong emphasis on local content. These projects will not only deliver clean energy, but also benefits to the communities where these projects will be built. This includes skills development through Vestas’ integrated education, training and career opportunity structure that will help to develop and train a workforce that meets the skills requirements of the promising renewable energy industry in South Africa.”

Vestas and the project developers have six months to reach financial close, by which point Vestas must negotiate and finalise turbine supply, service and maintenance and construction contracts.